Salivary Gland Cancer Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - General Information About Salivary Gland Cancer
Because salivary gland cancer can be hard to diagnose, patients should ask to have biopsy samples checked by a pathologist who has experience in diagnosing salivary gland cancer.
Certain factors affect treatment options and prognosis (chance of recovery).
The treatment options and prognosis (chance of recovery) depend on the following:
- The stage of the cancer (especially the size of the tumor).
- The type of salivary gland the cancer is in.
- The type of cancer cells (how they look under a microscope).
- The patient's age and general health.